In a dramatic move that would resuscitate their fading championship hopes, the Boston Celtics are discussing a deal with the Washington Wizards for forwards Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.
The proposed deal would send the expiring contracts of Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine and J.R. Giddens to the Wizards, a move that would signal the start of Washington’s rebuilding process.
The trade isn’t imminent, but talks have progressed and Celtics GM Danny Ainge has positioned his organization to make one of the boldest trade deadline moves in years. For the Celtics, ownership would have to agree to take on an additional $24 million in salary next season between Jamison and Butler. Jamison makes more than $15 million in 2011-12, but most owners are discounting those salaries because of an assumption that there will be a labor lockout and some, if not all, of that money will never be paid to the players.
Count me in. The trade gives Boston more depth, a much-needed spark, and Butler is one tough bastard who would help return the C’s physicality and swagger.
Plus, can you imagine a BENCH including Marquis Daniels, Antawn Jamison and Rasheed Wallace? Even though Ainge denied talks with the Bobcats, this trade talk also shines a little light on why Glen Davis might be headed to Charlotte for D.J. Augustin. Who would need Davis with Jamison and Sheed coming off the bench?
Wow. Make it happen, Danny. And for those of you wondering why Washington would pull the trigger on this trade, the answer is simple. Salary relief. About $25 million worth of it.
Would this make the Big Three the Gigantic Six?